A commercial release of Eminem and Elton John’s performance of “Stan” from last week’s 43rd annual Grammy Awards is in the works, a source at the Recording Academy tells Billboard Bulletin. Eminem’s label, Web/Aftermath/Interscope, has already serviced radio with promotional copies of the duet; contractual details of a commercial release are being worked out now. The source says proceeds from the single would go to various charities, including MusiCares.
As previously reported, the duet on Emimen’s eyebrow-raising song about a deranged fan tested the censors at CBS, who were broadcasting the Grammys live. At least three obscenities were heard during the performance, although Eminem held off repeating some of the song’s more objectionable words.
Outside the ceremony, about 100 people from women’s and gay-rights groups demonstrated against Eminem. John, one of music’s most famous gay celebrities, was highly criticized for joining the rapper onstage.